George Perez, illustrator of ‘Wonder Woman’, dies at 67
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Illustrator George Perez has passed away.
The DC comics legend died of pancreatic cancer at his home with his wife by his side, according to a social media post shared by his longtime friend Constance Eza. Perez was 67 years old.
Eza wrote that he “was in no pain” and that he knew he was “very, very loved”.
“We are all very grieving, but at the same time we are incredibly grateful for the joy he brought to our lives,” Eza wrote. “To know George was to love him, and he loved him back. Fiercely and with all his heart. The world is much less vibrant today without him.”
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“He loved you all,” she added. “He loved hearing your messages and seeing the drawings you sent and the tributes you gave. He was deeply proud to have brought so much joy to so many people.”
Perez first announced his cancer diagnosis in December and revealed he was told he had six months to a year left to live.
“I was given the option of chemotherapy and/or radiation, but after weighing all the variables and assessing how much my remaining days would be consumed by doctor visits, treatments, hospital stays hospital and dealing with the often stressful and frustrating bureaucracy of the medical system, I have chosen to let nature take its course and I will make the most of the time I have left with my beautiful wife of over 40 years, my family, my friends and my fans,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.
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Perez first rose to fame for his work on “The New Teen Titans.” He created characters such as Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Deathstroke.
Perez illustrated the “Avengers” and “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
The illustrator is best known for his work on “Wonder Woman.” During this period of his career, Perez won four Eagle Awards, two Jack Kirby Awards, an Inkpot Award and an Inkwell Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Everyone knows about George’s legacy as a designer,” Eza’s statement read.
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“His art, characters and stories will be revered for years to come,” Eza wrote. “But, imposing as that legacy is, it pales in comparison to the legacy of the man George was. George’s true legacy is his kindness. It is the love he had for bring joy to others – and I hope you always carry that with you.”